Monument Lane
Monument Lane

Monument Lane

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.monumentlane.com/
  • Phone: 2122550155x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:30 - 10:30, Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Thursday: 5:30 - 11:30, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Steve Dustin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W. 12th St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: A/C/E at 14th St. L at 8th Ave. 1/2/3 at 14th St.
A word from Monument Lane
Monument Lane is a New American restaurant in the West Village that focuses on farm-to-table cuisine. They use seasonal and sustainable products from local farmers and growers have been awarded Slow Food NYC's Snail of Approval for their standards. The menu changes weekly, if not daily, reflecting the restaurant's commitment to showcasing the local harvest.



Established in 2011 Monument Lane takes its inspiration from the area's pastoral past; a time when Manhattan island was rich with salt marshes and grasslands, pure estuaries teamed with mussels and oysters, and acres of apple and cherry orchards bloomed nearby. In the 1700's and 1800's, New Yorkers came to Greenwich Village as a retreat to the countryside; traveling a road named Monument Lane, now called Greenwich Avenue, where the restaurant presently sits.
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Monument Lane reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (65)fit for foodies (47)great for brunch (36)romantic (33)great for outdoor dining (26)great for lunch (19)special occasion (18)good for groups (13)notable wine list (11)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Looks better than anything
    AdSmithVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Food and service were (at best) OK. The waiter was actually VERY nice, but never found. The food (which was a salad, clams and bok choy) took FOREVER to come out when the place was only 70% full. If you needed something, you were on your own. Getting the check was difficult, I had to get up and ask. The food was fine, nothing great and the cheeses were below par. I'd give the food a "C." I wouldn't go back, but ambiance-wise, it's a "10."
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Restaurant in West Village
    ase1707VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I dined at Monument Lane the other evening and found it to be a good place to dine, but not great. Let me start by saying the greeting I received when I first entered the restaurant was first-rate. Friendly, charming and with a good sense of humor the two young ladies chatted and walked me to my table. I ordered a martini, but only domestic gin was available. The cocktail was followed by a plate of oysters that were served in their shell on pebbles instead of ice. While that is appealing to ones eyes, the oysters were about room temperature, and the cocktail sauce was warm. I had the steak tartare for dinner and it was good, but not great (and again served too warm). This is a pretty restaurant that could be better with small changes
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just OK
    ThinkingLady
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I was not particularly impressed with the food, especially for the price. I had the angus burger with fries. My friend and I also opted for the cookie plate and black raspberry ice cream. The main dish and even the cookie plate, took a really long time to come out. I can kind of understand the burgers but 6 cookies on a board? Not that difficult. They also did not taste fresh. It made me sad. The staff was friendly enough, nice atmosphere, but I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a pleasure!
    nyccrlygrl
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Being a neighbor to this restaurant we always have it in our back pocket. It is a great place to have a meal with friends because it is large enough that you aren't on top of the next table and you can carry a conversation without yelling. The food, as always, was delicious! The service also just seems to get better and better. We had a delightful time and look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    KB2014VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Super cute restaurant with a fun atmosphere. Food was excellent - We especially loved the crispy pork belly and sautéed squid, and the oysters were some of the best we've had in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night dinner
    Kerr
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Ok restaurant, it just felt like they were trying too hard with everything. Each specialty cocktail, appetizer and entree sampled had at least two ingredients too many. Fussy decor and deafening sound track playing inside. Good service though.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I came here with a friend and had a wonderful time. We sat outside on the front patio until it started to rain towards the end of our meal. We shared all of the dishes and got: Blistered tomatoes (excellent), ricotta with honey (excellent), summer squash (great), rabbit saddle (mediocre), and beef tartare (great). Our server Max was excellent and the other staff was very friendly and helpful while I waited for my guest. The ambiance is nice, but nothing over the top. I would definitely come back due to good food and service. The rabbit saddle was a bit dry and the offal was a little to bitter with it. But everything else was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great West Village Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If you're looking for a good brunch, at a place that is not see and be seen, this is the place for you. Great menu options and ambiance. Their seasonal mimosa was delicious. Must try.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food.slow service.Loud.
    MikeDVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Excellent food. Pleasant but .slow service. Loud noise. Not for conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't come if you're in a rush.
    Alanna
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Although it took what I felt was a long time for each course to arrive at the table, the atmosphere is so fun and cozy that we were willing to let it go. Plus, other aspects of the service were excellent. Servers were friendly and helpful, and when a third friend called us mid-meal and wanted to join, the maitre'd had no problem accommodating all of us at a larger, communal table. As for the food, it was worth the wait. Squid was flavorful and cooked just right. The salads were fresh and portions were generous -- even the small plates. Duck confit was tender and melty. Pork belly was just ok, but the blueberry coulis on the side saved the dish. My friend loved his martini (all of three of them!)… We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Fun and interesting menu. Lots of smaller plates to share. Our waiter was really helpful and patient with our large group of 6. But half way through our meal, when the restaurant got busy he couldn't be found. Took a long time to get someone to clear the plates. After sitting for over 2 1/2 hrs we left without looking at the dessert menu. All that said we plan to return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hungry
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Had a great brunch. Went back for dinner service was not as good in the evening. We waited too long for our entrees.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A delightful restaurant
    AlicechefVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We really enjoyed the experience. An interesting menu, very well prepared, lots of delightful dishes for sharing. The service was warm and attentive but not intrusive. All in all it was a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my3sons
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The restaurant is charming; bathroom awesome! We especially enjoyed the pork belly and squid small plates. Eggplant fritters were truly awesome. Skip the peanut butter chocolate dessert, but don't miss the bread pudding - one of the best ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    MSNMD
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had an assortment of small plates, all excellent. Service was relaxed and friendly. Very pleasant atmosphere, a real neighborhood gem with moderate prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet spot
    bartonsprings
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Lovely country-chic atmosphere and excellent service. Worth a trip for the fries alone. The rest of the food was fine. Only true complaint is the copious amount of potpourri around which, I felt, interfered with the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greenwich Avenue Treasure
    1DiscriminatingDiner
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Monument Lane is a wonderful addition to the growing group of delightful, charming restaurants on Greenwich Avenue that offer good food at reasonable prices in lovely spaces. The food was delicious, the service was extraordinarily good, and the outdoor scene is lively.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The atmosphere is very nice but unfortunately the choice of music was a disconnect. Also the music was very loud and the owner refused to lower it (even though at the time of the request, we were the only diners in the restaurant).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch Spot
    Neighbor
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Met a friend for lunch and to catch up. The service and food were very good and we could sit and chat comfortably. We had a very enjoyable visit and a great lunch!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • silkcityVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    A memorable experience in every sense. The ambiance, service and the cuisine. we had reservations for 4, but arrived with 5; accomodated us graciously at the "communal table", which turned out to be our exclusively. Our serve was knowledgeable, and attentive without being overbearing. We lingered for over 2 hours, and never felt rushed. Really can't say anything but positives about this place. Oh, yes, they knew from the outset that we were there for a Blackboardeats deal. Not a problem. A definite return..and soon; much more on the menu that was enticing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice concept, well-executed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Nice concept for the restaurant using (mostly?) locally-sourced ingredients that were plentiful in New York City when it was still pretty rural- oysters, mussels, fresh cheeses, lots of vegetables, etc. The decor is simple and pretty and the food was good. Perhaps not the most filling meal ever, but everything tasted very fresh and good. Only bummer was the dessert- the "peanut butter cup" was more like a peanut butter moussee with chocolate sauce... no "cup."
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pretty monumental!
    CaroleVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This was our first visit to Monument Lane and we were very impressed on all counts. Everything we ate was delicious and special, right down to the bread and butter. Pork loin with polenta: tender and tasty. Hake with tortilla crust: delicate and delicious. Calamari app: delicious. Almost as important, the service was amazing. This is part of what I dine out for: happy, pleasant people who act like they enjoy making their customers happy. Every person who came to our table was lovely and helpful, from the hostess to the man filling our complimentary sparkling water bottle. The place is also very charmingly decorated and the tables are not too close. Music is not too loud. Everything was pretty much perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TheMurrayVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Loved this restaurant from the first time I dined and can't explain what took me so long to return. Friendly and attentive service combined with a seasonal and local menu. Can't miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A new place for lunch
    AngelhikerVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We all decided to have the prix fixe lunch for $15 which was choice of soup or salad and then 1/2 portion of the mains. The salad is a house salad and not any of the combinations on the menu. Green salad which had a wonderful dressing. Our mains we all decided on the steak which was accompanied with roast potatoes dressed with feta and a mustard dressing which are divine. The steak was cooked to perfection with a pesto sauce ,again scrumptious. A glass of rose from the finger lakes and tea to follow along with a great service from our waiter made for a perfect lunch. Unfortunately no desserts available for gluten free diners except for the obligatory ice cream. Love the decor ,going to be a favorite spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • weekday lunch
    DowntownMom275VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The restaurant is in the West Village - right on Greenwich Ave, near W 12th street, cute block. If the weather were nicer, we would have sat outside. Service is great, noise level is nice for conversation/although we did have to ask for the music to be turned down - food is just fair, we were the first table to be seated for the day, and the waitress came right over to let us know that there were only 1 each of certain items on the menu (although we were the first table to be seated, interesting). I would probably not come back for the food, but perhaps to sit outside for a drink might be nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Monument Lane
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I really liked this place, very nice menu, our waiter Euly was fabulous and you can do a lot of little dishes to try many yummy things.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very nice staff
    yulia
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    there need to be cheaper options for wine and beer, the food was good and the staff terrific.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure to come here!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I went to Monument Lane on a Wed with my friend. The chef remembered me, and brought out a sampler of the ribs they make there on Wednesdays. That was extremely kind and thoughtful, and one of the reasons why I love going here. The service is always warm and attentive, and the food is great. I love that they use local ingredients and it's delicious and satisfying. I can bring my friends here and have some great cocktails with our meal, as well as bring my parents here where they feel comfortable. ML also is accommodating with our two Cocker Spaniels, whenever we want to sit outside. We always try to include them when we can, so it's wonderful that ML is a place we can dine outdoors with them! Please keep up the great work!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • They never disappoint
    EvanVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Always bringing something new and interesting to the menu, whether for entrees, starters, or drinks, and keeping the best of the best (may they never, ever, ever lose the escarole and kale salad - it's a staple for me).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I went for a Father's Day brunch and it couldn't have been nicer. The staff are as nice and accommodating as can be. The food was great, the restaurant had a nice energy level. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not a repeat experience
    mare713
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food is good however the special of the day (goat trio) was surprising tender and the flavor was light which with the accompanying salad was tasty. The dessert menu is lacking. The ambience (dimly lit, cozy tables, cute decor) makes ML a good pick for dates or to catch up with a buddy. The bar gets lively and loud so request a seat away from the bar area if you wish to have a quiet conversation. The waiters are very friendly and inviting but it's difficult to get their attention once the place fills up. It's the kind of place to try once.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My 'local' eatery
    IcequeenAU
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I travel 2 hours to get to Monument Lane for lunch. I call it my 'local' because it has a warm, friendly, down-to-earth vibe that makes me feel I'm at home. The food is farm-to-table, excellent quality and the service is superb. The restaurant has a country feel to it. In a city like NYC, it's an oasis. I love the fact that it is quiet, uncluttered and unpretentious. Monument Lane is about great food, warm, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and a calm, leisurely place to dine. Food allergies are accommodated. It's my 'go-to restaurant when I come into NY.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good neighborhood addition
    Steaklover
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We were late for our reservation and the host was very kind. The waiter on the other hand did not want to discuss or suggest anything on the menu. I had the french toast. Delicious. My friend had the soup- huge portion and she loved it. Nice crowd, good bloody Mary's, mediocre wine list from Long Iskand, tables really tight. Overall okay for once in a while.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not What It Seems
    InfrequentFineDiner
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This place shows only the potential to be a very inviting Village spot, because it looks charming and cozy and the menu is interesting, but it turns out to be harsh and slick by choice and not what it appears. The service is smooth, the waiters smile aggressively, but it doesn't matter; the hoppin' Midtown-type noise level shreds the ambience and conversation, and the food is only fair given what they charge. I had an undercooked Cornish hen. The Village has better to offer if you want to enjoy a dinner with friends or a romantic date. To the four of us who had converged there, Monument Lane hits too many wrong notes.
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  • Must Have Plenty of Time
    BigEaterVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We were seated promptly for our 5:30 PM reservation. There were only a few only dinners however it took about 15 minutes before our waitress appeared. We inquired about specials and was advised that she was leaving from working the lunch shift and would have to check on what the Specials were. The restaurant is small and we could clearly see what our waitress was doing which wasn't checking on the Specials. After another 15 minutes passed we called her over to inquire once again about the Specials. In about 10 minutes she finally returned with the Specials. Service at this restaurant was extremely slow. We order ice cream for dessert and this took forever. I'm afraid to know what the wait time is when the restaurant is full.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    disappointed
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Service was terrible. Some ordered items never arrived Food was disappointing
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun experience
    KingsketzVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Some very creative and innovative food. Fresh. Well prepared. Surprising. Delicious. A great experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice and seasonal
    newyorkerVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    always a treat to eat at this seasonal place - cocktails and food menu change with the seasons. standouts were the pork chop, scallops and parsley risotto, crispy chick peas and the soft shell crab.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 63 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 179 reviews are from the Monument Lane reviews archive.
  • Brunch
    Lana81
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our Mother Day brunch was outstanding ! Highly recommend this spot
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    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rustic charm and great menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had a lovely brunch on Mother's day with the family. The brunch menu was really unique and interesting, with some interesting cocktails. While the food was about an 8, I'd say the ambiance was a 10. Loved the open, airy feeling with rustic furniture and old-world charm.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic